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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Up, Up and Away & French Heritage Day: A Weekend Preview

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

click to enlarge Stoweflake Balloon Festival
  • Stoweflake Balloon Festival
This weekend promises warm temps and tons of fun events. 

On Saturday, in Vergennes, Francophile families revisit their roots during French Heritage Day, an annual celebration of Vermont's cultural connections to Canada. Rope making, ice cream churning, old-time games and horse-drawn carriage rides ensure a bon temps for all ages. 

In Stowe, colorful floating orbs transport people through the sky at the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. Take a tethered ride or — if you want to keep your feet on the ground — watch the balloons take off while enjoying children's activities, live music and a food tent.

Creative folks might want to hit up Waterbury for their annual Arts Fest. There's a block party on Friday night with pizza and aerial acrobatics from Nimble Arts. On Saturday, kids can take part in an ArtSpy scavenger hunt while adults peruse the wares of local artisans.

On Sunday, aspiring junior birders visit the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, to learn about feathered friends through observation, research and goofing around. And at the Babar Brunch at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes at noon, a fancy spread of mini quiches and granola parfaits is accompanied by a narrated instrumental performance of Poulenc's The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant.


click to enlarge French Heritage Day
  • French Heritage Day
If you're looking to escape the sun for a couple of hours, try these indoor activities. Phoenix Books in Essex hosts author and illustrator David Kirk on Saturday afternoon. He'll be reading from his newest tale, Oh So Brave Dragon. At the Montshire Museum, in Norwich, Super Science Day: Up, Up and Away! lets kids explore air power by building gliders, rockets, parachutes and kites on Saturday. 

Want some alone time with your significant other in the midst of an action-packed weekend with your family? Sign your kids up in advance for Parents Night Out at Evolution Yoga on Saturday night. This month, kids play yoga games with a "Detective and Spies" theme and nosh on pizza while parents hit the town.

So, what are your plans this weekend?

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